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TitleFor the Love of My Child, The Anissa Ayala Story (1993)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityCancer Leukemia
CountryUSA
Length90
GenreTrue story
Rating3
DirectorWaris Hussein
CastTeresa DiSpina Priscilla Lopez Garwin Sanford Robin Thomas
NotesTV Film A 16 year old girl has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. In these cases matching is all important and difficult to achieve. Her parents have another child in the hope that this child could be a donor. When Anissa's parents tell her they are planning to have another child she thinks at first it is to replace her after her death But the parents are desperate after an extended search has failed to come up with a donor. Meanwhile Anissa is treated with interferon for her high blood cell count which produces side effects. Her classmates are short on understanding. But with a young boy also with leukemia she goes to a special night at her school to give a speech in the hope of improving understanding and finding donors. There's a patch when the film gets really corny as the wife seduces her husband as the preliminary to 'begetting' the necessary child. And the father gives a speech to the Vietnam Veterans of America. The baby is born, a girl, suitable as a donor and Anissa undergoes massive radiation treatment in preparation for the bone marrow transplant. Besides losing all her hair she learns that she will never be able to have children herself. But she will live. As TV treatments go not too bad and does inform if not involve.

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